Zeche Dt (Coal Mine), Germany. Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com

World of Urban Decay

By Mark McConville

THE CREEPIEST abandoned buildings in Europe have been revealed in a set of eerie images published in a new book.

Kurklinik Volkov (Sanatorium), Germany. Original old control room.  Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com
Kurklinik Volkov (Sanatorium), Germany. Original old control room.
Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com

The haunting pictures include a long-forgotten church with ornate walls and ceilings as well as an abandoned hospital and an old cinema with equipment still in place.

The White Hill Hospital, Netherlands. Operation room 4.  Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com
The White Hill Hospital, Netherlands. Operation room 4.
Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com

Other spooky shots show an empty ballroom, a bedroom that nature has begun to reclaim and a disused power plant.

Decaying hotel in Germany. Plants growing out of the carpet, moss on the bed.  Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com
Decaying hotel in Germany. Plants growing out of the carpet, moss on the bed.
Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com

The stunning snaps have been released in a new book, The World of Urban Decay 2, by Martin ten Bouwhuijs and published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Control room at a power plant in Hungary.  Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com
Control room at a power plant in Hungary.
Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com

“While these older buildings are often beautiful, their lack of updates can make them difficult to sell and they can sit empty for twenty years or more,” he said.

“It is that emptiness and the natural decay that make some places even more beautiful than when they were in use.

“For this book, I tried to collect the most beautiful images featuring lots of natural decay.

“In addition, to provide contrast, I’ve also included a few images of virtually intact buildings without too much decay as those locations had been just recently abandoned.”

Scola CLXXV (school), belgium.  Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com
Scola CLXXV (school), belgium.
Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com

Martin ten Bouwhuijs was born in 1965 in Enschede, the Netherlands which is an old textile town.

Fiat 1100 (early 60s).  Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com
Fiat 1100 (early 60s).
Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com

He started his hobby, urban exploring, after he saw a reportage about the subject on TV; the next day he visited his first factory.

Media and Design School, Belgium.  Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com
Media and Design School, Belgium.
Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com

He continues to regularly look for abandoned buildings, hoping for beautiful pictures.

GDR Pflegeheim S (nursing home), Germany.  Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com
GDR Pflegeheim S (nursing home), Germany.
Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com

“In 1991, I visited my first abandoned location with a friend,” said Mr ten Bouwhuijs.

“It was a former brothel. Unfortunately, it was so dark we could see almost nothing. We had forgotten a flashlight, so we were out again quickly.

“Yet I remember the red velvet bedding and the mirrors on the walls. It wasn’t until 2004 that I again entered an abandoned building.

“Since that time, I’ve visited many locations, traveling farther and farther from home. It’s interesting to discover the reasons the buildings were abandoned.”

Front cover features Ballhaus Blitz (ballroom) in Germany.  Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com
Front cover features Ballhaus Blitz (ballroom) in Germany.
Martin ten Bouwhuijs / mediadrumworld.com

The ‘World of Urban Decay 2’ is available to buy on Amazon for RRP £30.50.

LEAVE A REPLY